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University of Sousse

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Cul t ura l Dia l og ues Resea rc h U nit

Conference on "MOBILITY"
16 - 18 October 2014
Call for Papers
Mobility is a multi-dimensional and versatile concept involving, among
others, physical, spatial and abstract dimensions. It is also associated
with human progress which, through countless historical stages and
coups de théâtre, has reached unprecedented sophistication. Constantly
spurred on by the spirit of, and need for, mobility and change, humankind
has evolved from primitive tribes to complex societies and powerful
empires, owing to technical, cultural, religious political, strategic, and
commercial exchanges.
The debate about mobility is rising in pitch and complexity in the current
global context of diverse challenges. Stephen Greenblatt’s “global
mobility”, Edward Said’s “exilic” and “liminal” experience and space, bell
hooks’ “within-without” perception of gender and race, George Orwell’s
criticism of the “mutability of the past”, Friedrich Nietzsche’s “eternal
recurrence or return”, and Jacques Derrida’s “difference” and “centre and
periphery” all take stock of, and pave the way for challenges to, the
stability of political, cultural, social, and textual homogeneity.
Despite their contrasts, modernist and postmodernist paradigms seem to
be saturated by a sense of plurality, hybridity, flux, mobility, instability,
proteanism, mutability, polysemy, carnivalesque and travesty. Similarly,
the theme of mobility in identity and belonging has been related to issues
of colonization, exile, emigration, expansion, contamination, wandering,
and restlessness that have shaped human history, culture, language and
Furthering the objectives of the Cultural Dialogues Research Unit
(CDRU), this conference hopes to address questions of mobility in
cultural studies, linguistics, literature and other fields.

We invite proposals of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes length.
Contributions to the conference may include but are not limited to the
following topics:
 Cultural mobility
 Individual and collective identities in cultural and trans-cultural or
exilic settings
 The notion of border crossing
 Social mobility
 Mobility in politics
 Mobility and higher education
 Linguistic and discursive mobility
 Mobility and sociolinguistics
 Mobility of aesthetic/literary value
 Mobility between literary theories and genres
 Representation of exodus and immigration/Literature of Al-Mahjar
 Escapist literature
 Mobility and technology/virtual mobility
Please e-mail your proposal abstracts as a word document along with a
100-200 word biographical note no later than May 15th 2014 to:
Proposers will be notified of acceptance by June 15th 2014.
The Cultural Dialogues Research Unit (CDRU) will publish a special
issue journal based on a selection of the best articles presented at the
conference. Presenters wishing to submit their articles to the peer review
process should do so by 30 November 2014.
The conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities,
University of Sousse, Tunisia.
Conference Committee:
Mansour Khelifa
Zied Ben Amor
Jonathan Mason
Abdellatif Ben Halima
Hafedh Gharbi

Chiraz Mkhinini
Imene Bennani
Layla Chargui
Olfa Gandouz
Mezri Abroug

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